Meatloaf in a Muffin Tin is the perfect way to cook meatloaf. My husband LOVES meatloaf and it is a super easy meal to prepare however when prepared in a loaf pan it takes so long. It heats up the house and often times I have to worry about if it is “done” in the middle or not. When I saw this idea on pinterest and mentioned it to my Mom she reminded me that she used to make meatloaf this way when we were little to save cooking time (always listen to your Mom). I knew immediately by using meatloaf in a muffin tin my meatloaf worries were over. Be sure to Re-Pin this post.
Instead of using a loaf pan use a muffin tin! It cuts your baking time down to only 20 minutes (bake at 400 degrees) AND best of all it is perfect for portion control! It is not always easy to cut traditional meatloaf into large slices but with this method you can really watch your portion size and serve them nicely. You can easily use them later in the week or for leftovers. I found that there was little fat that rose to the top that I was able to remove with a paper towel
Another tip is to use plastic gloves when you prepare your meatloaf. It really cuts down on the clean up! You can also flash freeze the muffin cups (raw) and then bake them when you are ready. A great freezer cooking technique. Read this post on how to freeze meatloaf.
You can use ANY meatloaf recipe for this process. Here are three that we love!
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